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A Natural Alternative To Toxic Sports Drinks


The next time you think about grabbing a Power-Gator-Ade sports drink, think again!

These so-called “sports drinks” are little more than water and sugary-tasting poison mixed together. Don’t believe me? Below is a list of the ingredients in a typical sports drink.

Typical Sports Drinks Ingredients List

Ingredients: Water, Brominated Vegetable Oil, Sucralose, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Natural and artificial flavors, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Monopotassium Phosphate, Glycerol Ester of Wood Rosin, Artificial Colors.

Toxix Sports Drinks No Thank YouLet’s see, first we’ve got brominated vegetable oil which is made from genetically modified soy, not to mention processed with all kinds of toxic chemicals. Then we’ve got high fructose corn syrup which is highly linked to the obesity epidemic and is probably one of the worst sugars you can consume. Then there are “natural and artificial flavors” which generally aren’t made in a very natural way and many of the substances that fall in that category are carcinogens.

Continuing on in the list of wonderful ingredients, we have artificial colors – many of which are not only linked to ADD and ADHD but are also carcinogens and teratogens (meaning they can cause birth defects).

So are sports drinks a health drink? Clearly not!

But what can you drink to make sure you get enough hydration when you’re exerting yourself so much as an athlete or working out in the gym or doing some other intense physical activity? Well, a little research into some old traditions show an amazingly ancient way of getting hydrated and keeping your energy levels high. In fact, it’s probably one of the oldest “sports drinks” out there.

One of the Oldest Sports Drinks

It’s called chia seeds and water.

You see, about 3,500 years ago, the Aztec people were known for having the fiercest warriors in the world. And they grew chia seeds for a very specific purpose – they were grown only to be consumed by the fiercest of the Aztec warriors in battle.

Why? Because chia seeds are loaded with healthy Omega-3 fats, protein and tens of thousands of phytonutrients and antioxidants. Chia seeds are also extremely light, meaning that a warrior could carry enough chia seeds to sustain them for a month or more out in battle if things got rough. And he could mix the chia seeds in water to make it easier to consume them while he hydrated.

You too can give your body the gift of hydration like an Aztec warrior by avoiding typical sports drinks and making your own at home (it’s a lot cheaper too!). Here’s one of my favorite chia water recipes for staying hydrated when I’m working out. I hope you enjoy it!

Chia Sports Drinks Recipe


16 oz water

1-4 Tablespoons chia seeds (depending on how thick you want it)

Fresh squeezed lemon, orange or lime juice

Directions: Just stir the chia seeds into the water and add some fresh juice for flavor. Let the chia seeds soak up the water for at least 20-30 minutes, mix it again and enjoy! You can carry it with you in a water bottle and drink it during intense physical activity to stay hydrated and energized all day long like an Aztec warrior.

Tom Corson-Knowles is the founder of the Authentic Health Coaching show, the #1 Podcast show on Podomatic. Tom is the co-author of the revolutionary book Dr. Corson’s Top 5 Nutrition Tips. Tom also blogs regularly about nutrition, healthy recipes and growing your own food.

Categories : Health and Fitness


  1. Valerie Cardwell says:

    Thanks for the info on chia seeds and water. That reminds me that is what my pastor drinks. She believes in eating right and exercising. I will try this for my daughter and me, and stop buying sports drinks.

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